The MVP Action Grants are Closed - Next Round Expected Spring 2020
The MVP Action Grant offers financial resources to municipalities that are seeking to advance priority climate adaptation actions to address climate change impacts resulting from extreme weather, sea level rise, inland and coastal flooding, severe heat, and other climate impacts.
Responses to the RFR may be submitted by municipalities who have received designation from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) as a Climate Change Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Community (“MVP Community”). All projects are required to provide monthly updates, project deliverables, a final project report, and a brief project summary communicating lessons learned. The municipality is also required to match 25% of total project cost using cash or in-kind contributions. All proposals must include the following:
- Completed application template
- Project budget and deliverables
- MVP yearly progress report describing any relevant work toward advancing community priorities since earning MVP designation
- Statement of match
- Letters of support from landowner (if applicable), partners, and the public
Project types include:
- Detailed Vulnerability and Risk Assessment – In-depth vulnerability or risk assessment of a particular sector, location or other aspect of the municipality.
- Public Education and Communication – Projects that increase public understanding of climate change impacts within and beyond the community and foster effective partnerships to develop support.
- Local Bylaws, Ordinances, Plans, and other Management Measures – Projects to develop, amend, and implement local ordinances, bylaws, standards, plans, and other management measures to reduce risk and damages from extreme weather, heat, flooding and other climate change impacts.
- Redesigns and Retrofits – Engineering and construction projects to redesign, plan, or retrofit vulnerable community facilities and infrastructure (e.g., wastewater treatment plants, culverts, and critical municipal roadways/evacuation routes) to function over the life of the infrastructure given projected climate change impacts.
- Energy Resilience Strategies — Projects that incorporate clean energy generation and that are paired with resilience enabling technology to maintain electrical and/or heating and cooling services at critical facilities.
- Chemical Safety and Climate Vulnerabilities — – Projects that seek to engage the business and manufacturing community through assistance or training on identifying vulnerabilities to chemical releases due to severe weather events, reducing use of toxic or hazardous chemicals, outreach to improve operations and maintenance procedures to prevent chemical releases and accidents, outreach to improve emergency and contingency planning, and/or identifying existing contaminated sites that pose chemical dispersion risks during flood events.
- Nature-Based Storm-Damage Protection, Drought Mitigation, Water Quality, and Water Infiltration Techniques – Projects that utilize natural resources and pervious surfaces to manage coastal and inland flooding, erosion, and other storm damage, such as stormwater wetlands and bio-retention systems, and other Smart Growth and Low Impact Development techniques.
- Nature-Based, Infrastructure and Technology Solutions to Reduce Vulnerability to Extreme Heat and Poor Air Quality – Projects that utilize natural resources, vegetation, and increasing pervious surface to reduce ambient temperatures, provide shade, increase evapotranspiration, improve local air quality, and otherwise provide cooling services within the municipality.
- Nature-Based Solutions to Reduce Vulnerability to other Climate Change Impacts – Nature-based projects that address other impacts of climate change such as extreme weather, damaging wind and power outages, and increased incidence of pests and vector-borne illnesses and other public health issues.
- Acquisition of Land to Achieve a Resiliency Objective — Land purchases are eligible for grant funding if the parcel has been identified through a climate vulnerability assessment as an appropriate location for a specific eligible adaptation activity to occur, such as accommodating an infrastructure or facility redesign or retrofit project, providing natural flood storage to reduce downstream flooding, or removal of pavement and planting of trees to reduce flooding and heat island effects.
- Ecological Restoration and Habitat Management to Increase Resiliency – Projects that repair or improve natural systems for community and ecosystem adaptation, such as right-sizing culverts, dam removal, restoration of coastal wetlands, etc.
- Subsidized Low Income Housing Resilience Strategies— Investments in resiliency measures for affordable housing to protect vulnerable populations that may not have the resources to recover from an extreme climate event.
- Mosquito Control Districts — Projects to reduce the risk to public health from mosquito-borne illness and to increase mosquito surveillance and control capacity by incentivizing municipalities not in an organized mosquito control project or district to form a new mosquito control district or join an existing mosquito control district. Also funding for municipalities currently in a mosquito control district for new or proactive mosquito control measures.
The Request for Responses (RFR) can be found here
- Learn More About Completed Action Grant Projects
- Upcoming Grant Cycle Slides- September 2019
Climate Change Clearinghouse (resilientMA.org)